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'Piano Duets' Asserts Ella Fitzgerald's Interpretive Greatness

Though called "The First Lady of Song", Ella Fitzgerald is more lauded for her spectacular vocal sound than for her interpretations of lyrics, but a new reissue should help correct that understanding of her art.

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Violinist Regina Carter Explores the Beauty of Ella Fitzgerald's Music

Carter’s new recording pays homage to the supreme vocalist, who -- at first glance -- might not seem to have been an obvious influence on the world’s pre-eminent jazz violinist.

Howard Reich
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Reassessing Ella Fitzgerald: 'The First Lady of Song' at 100

Famous but underrated, widely imitated but never equaled, Ella Fitzgerald has proven a surprisingly elusive figure in American culture.

Howard Reich
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Lizz Wright Plays Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald's Centennial Birthday with New Video (premiere)

Lizz Wright celebrates the music of Ella Fitzgerald at a special concert this Saturday, October 22nd at the Apollo Theater in NYC and shares new video.

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Ella Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson: Ella and Oscar

This 1975 meeting between the two jazz greats was a definitive release for Norman Granz's Pablo label. Here it appears with several alternate takes.

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Various Artists: Easy Beatles

Beatles covers redone as unabashed pop fluff, somehow retaining the original songs' rigidity in the process.

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Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas

A legendary voice combined with legendary songs of yuletide glee.

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Ella Fitzgerald: Love Letters from Ella

One of the 20th century's great voices gets the Starbucks treatment on some previously unreleased tracks.

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Ella Fitzgerald: The Very Best of the Cole Porter Songbook

Abridged versions of Fitzgerald’s songbooks don’t translate to an iTunes world.

Jon Ross
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Ella Fitzgerald: Jazz Icons: Ella Fiztgerald Live in 57 and 63 [DVD]

This previously unreleased archival footage gives audiences a rare look into the legendary live performances of one of jazz's all-time greatest vocalists.

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Ella Fitzgerald: Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book

One of the final pieces in the laudable songbook project, this disc reveals its own lack of interest. Fitzgerald may be pitch-perfect, but emotionally it falls a little flat.

Rob Horning
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Ella Fitzgerald: Cocktail Hour

Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday, apart from being the most important and best-known jazz singers of the last century, represent two sides of an interesting coin.

Maurice Bottomley
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